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Let states cut drug prices

Drug prices are too high, and Congress lacks the political will to do anything about it. These are two of the most uncontroversial assertions...
HEALTHY AMBITION: The $69 billion merger proposal for CVS Health and Aetna promises better, less expensive health care; time will tell if that is delivered. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/­CHRISTOPHER LEE

With big promise, CVS-Aetna merger could improve health

For now, the most important issue that the proposed CVS Health Corp.-Aetna Inc. deal brings up is, will the merger deliver what the two...
CVS HEALTH CORP. HAS REACHED A DEAL to acquire Aetna Inc. for $69 billion. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/CHRISTOPHER LEE

CVS Health, Aetna plan to offer lower cost, managed health care

WOONSOCKET — CVS Health Corp.’s $77 billion merger with Aetna Inc. would combine analytics and community-centered care in the patient-centered health model in 10,000...

The insurer, provider disconnect

I believe there to be a fundamental disconnect between typical health insurers’ provider reimbursement strategies and the long-term good of our health care delivery...

Ground is shifting on health care

Congress’ failed effort to undo Obamacare this year revealed an important political shift in the U.S.: Americans are no longer content to let people...
FITCH RATINGS DOWNGRADED Care New England's credit rating from a BBB- to a BB. / COURTESY CARE NEW ENGLAND

Fitch ratings downgrades CNE credit rating to BB

PROVIDENCE – Fitch Ratings Inc. downgraded Care New England’s credit rating from BBB- to BB for two bonds and the rating has been put...
THE U.S. COURT of Appeals in Washington granted 17 states and the District of Columbia the legal right to defend Obamacare subsidies, known as cost-sharing-reduction payments. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/DHIRAJ SINGH

Trump boxed in on health subsidies after states’ legal win

NEW YORK - President Donald Trump’s power to clamp off critical Obamacare subsidies took a hit after a federal court ruled that a group...

Study: Many U.S. metros facing OB-GYN shortages; Providence MSA is not...

PROVIDENCE – A study of birth rates and the prevalence of obstetricians and gynecologists has come to the conclusion that there are many major...
DR. JOHN LONKS, epidemiologist at The Miriam Hospital, has been named the Dr. Charles C.J. Carpenter Outstanding Physician of the Year at the Providence East Side institution.

Lonks named Miriam outstanding physician of the year.

PROVIDENCE – Dr. John Lonks, an infectious disease specialist at The Miriam Hospital as well as a researcher and associate professor of medical science...
THE BCRA WOULD REDUCE federal funding for Medicaid in Rhode Island by $1.89 billion from the years 2020-2026 according to Avalere. /BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/ANDREW HARRER

Report: Senate health reform would significantly reduce Medicaid funding in R.I.

PROVIDENCE - If the Better Care Reconciliation Act was passed in its current form, Rhode Island will lose $1.9 billion of federal Medicaid funding...
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